Working and recording with musicians from all around the globe, Amanaska is a cross cultural exchange of musical ideas and grooves. Simon regularly spends time in southern India recording with KV Balukrishnan and other fine Indian musicians. Amanaska’s Circles is a cultural feast of eclectic music for lovers of world fusion, and was recorded in the UK, USA, India and finished in Melbourne. This mid to down tempo album is a richly layered musical experience that blends organic sounds and electronica with worldly and spiritual influences. A supreme mix of female and male vocals and ethnic harmonies, with beautiful string arrangements, alongside earthy percussive elements and moody hypnotic rhythms and beats.
Amanaska is all about creating interesting and unique audio and visual experiences with his live show. Sounds from around the globe blend with the deep earthy tones of the didgeridoo to create a uniquely Australian soundscape and celebration of life and diversity across many cultures.
Pravana creates music to calm the mind and enliven the senses by taking the listener on an ambient sonic journey to exotic lands and magical places hidden inside the imagination. The music is created with the healing arts in mind. The perfect soundtrack for Yoga practice, Pilates, massage or just chilling out. He enjoys working closely with Yoga and Pilates practicioners creating interesting workshops and events
Amanaska live performances can vary from a solo show to an 8 piece band with dancers and live visuals. Some highlights for Amanaska shows have been performing at Notting Hill Carnival in the UK, touring the Balitcs and performing with Talvin Singh on his last Melbourne show.
Simon Lewis’s current live projects include playing keyboards and touring with Andrew Wishart (X Factor), Reverend Funk Band (10 piece funk/soul outfit) and Melbourne based Sudanese singer Ajak Kwai. He has currently produced the debut release from Andrew Wishart ‘It’s Never Too Late’
Amanaska has recently been working with Musica Viva Australia creating an exciting new music in schools program utilising the multi-media and cross-cultural elements of the group. They are currently in their 5th year of operation with a busy schedule in 2015 and 2 tours planned.